What does describe mean?

Definitions for describe
dɪˈskraɪbde·scribe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. describe, depict, drawverb

    give a description of

    "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"

  2. report, describe, accountverb

    to give an account or representation of in words

    "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"

  3. trace, draw, line, describe, delineateverb

    make a mark or lines on a surface

    "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

  4. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, nameverb

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

Wiktionary

  1. describeverb

    To represent in words.

    The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.

    Etymology: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.

  2. describeverb

    To give rise to a geometrical structure.

    Etymology: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.

  3. describeverb

    To scientifically reveal a new species by technically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.

    The fungus was first described by a botanist.

    Etymology: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Describeverb

    to represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle

  2. Describeverb

    to represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities

  3. Describeverb

    to distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class

  4. Describeverb

    to use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Describe

    dē-skrīb′, v.t. to trace out or delineate: to give an account of.—adj. Describ′able.—n. Describ′er. [L. describĕrede, down, and scribĕre, scriptum, to write.]

Editors Contribution

  1. describe

    To create using words.

    They did describe how they felt and it was great to know they too were also happy and felt very loved.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2425

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2430

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Verbs Frequency: #93

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of describe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of describe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of describe in a Sentence

  1. Raymond Lowe:

    There's always going to be that desire to get out because it's the camaraderie that you find out here, it's hard to describe the feeling and how genuine everyone is and just how good it is to be able to help.

  2. Barron Brooks:

    My father did this without my consent, i can’t even describe to you how embarrassing and ridiculous this is.

  3. Karl Turner:

    It is difficult to get certain things in Egypt apparently so she'd taken talcum powder, shaving gel and razorblades and all sorts of things, Karl Turner told the BBC. Clearly, [ she was ] very, very nave. The family describe Laura to me as somebody who is very nave.

  4. Tom Robbins:

    Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

  5. Ahmed Mohammed Amer:

    As our group started to head back, taking Road 204, another group, coming from Road 206, crossed our way, heavy pushing ensued. I'm at a loss of words to describe what happened. This massive pushing is what caused the high number of casualties among the pilgrims.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. numinous
    • B. bonzer
    • C. naiant
    • D. askant

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